Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell the difference between fiction and reality – especially when creative minds use their skills to smudge the line between the two.
However, in some cases, you have to simply ignore dubiety and take what you see at face value: Even though it’s difficult to believe, it’s totally, 100% real.
Here, we’ve collected 38 photos that are so unbelievable, you’re going to have to stare at them for a little while to suspend your urge to disbelief. Just remember there is absolutely no Photoshop in these photos. We wish #22 wasn’t real, but it is.Share on Facebook
#01. An actual 60 feet wide and 200 feet deep sinkhole in Guatemala City in 2010.
#02. Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake, China.
#03. This is a lenticular cloud that looks shockingly like a UFO.
#04. The Eureka Tower Car Park in Melbourne, Australia. It’s has optical illusion lettering.
#05. An optical illusion created by extremely clear water.
#06. An Australian dust storm that looks like a giant mug of beer.
#07. The plughole at the Ladybower Reservoir in the UK. The hole is actually man-made to prevent the dam from flooding.
#08. Don’t confuse it with a scene from a sci-fi film, but they are actually real trees.
#09. A massive rubber ducky in a city river designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.
#10. Optical illusion created on display outside Paris City Hall. Looks like a giant grass sphere, but it’s actually flat.
#11. A cloud that formed indoors.
#12. This isn’t a family of giants – they just took a photo on a mountain that blended perfectly with the rock below it. Try to spot the little guy.
#13. A Frying pan beach sculpture in Sydney, Australia.
#14. It’s really a Barbie look alike. Valeria Lukyanova had plastic surgery to transform herself into a human Barbie.
#15. A ship that nearly crashed it’s way into this picturesque village.
#16. It’s not photoshoped. An actual black and white Santa costume.
#17. It’s not a sea monster in waves. Seaweed appearing as giant monster in the waves.
#18. The red hue of aluminum byproducts makes the landscape look insane. This is the aftermath of a 2010 toxic waste spill in Western Hungary.
#19. Nothing Photoshopped here. Optical illusion art by Felice Varini.
#20. This is what happened to train tracks after an earthquake in Canterbury, New Zealand.
#21. A tornado and rainbow converge over Kansas.
#22. A man with a hole in his head.
#23. The Crooked Forest in West Pomerania, Poland that has over 400 bent pine trees.
#24. This is an actual building – rather, it’s an abstract tarp thrown over the building while it was under construction.
#25. No optical illusion here, it’s just part of a phone line that has been destroyed by a fire in Russia.
#26. It’s not a stuck cruise ship. The floating cruise ship is actually a speciality resort hotel in South Korea.
#27. A wolf designed entirely out of pipe cleaners.
#28. Creation of Madrid-based artist Alicia Martin. He transforms thousands of books into towers that pour out of windows and into the streets.
#29. An incredible photograph that’s a real head-tilter. A Philippe Ramette photograph rotated 90°.
#30. The giant salt flats in Bolivia make it appear as if you are walking on water.
#31. Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia, Russia.
#32. A regular road crossing through the runway of the Gibraltar International Airport.
#33. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are actually playing tennis on a water court.
#34. An actual plane landing at Liepzig airport as it crosses over the Autobahn.
#35. Marseille hotel room decoration where French graffiti artist Tilt has swamped one half, while the other half remains completely blank.
#36. Looks like a giant piece of paper is falling from the sky. This unusual art installation in New Zealand.
#37. A perfect timed photo: When a rainbow hit this spectacular waterfall.
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#38. Vatnajokull Glacier Cave in Iceland.
Isn’t it incredible? If you’ve blown away just like me, then SHARE these photos that look fake with others because they’re all 100% real, and 100% prepared to blow every mind.
Chris is a Reporter by profession, covering viral content, Internet culture and all things cats. He earned his Masters degree from Columbia University.